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The IFS raises a far better question on Labour's renationalisation plans | Nils Pratley

The IFS raises a far better question on Labour's renationalisation plans | Nils Pratley

Key issue is how well assets such as railways and energy would run under public ownership, not the costThe Institute for Fiscal Studies is asking the right question about Labour’s nationalisation
IFS warns Labour renationalisation may delay low-carbon economy

IFS warns Labour renationalisation may delay low-carbon economy

John McDonnell rejects claim, saying thinktank is taking ‘nakedly ideological stance’Labour’s plan to renationalise large chunks of the economy risks years of disruption that could delay Britain’s
How the right’s radical thinktanks reshaped the Conservative party

How the right’s radical thinktanks reshaped the Conservative party

In the wake of the Brexit vote, ultra free market thinktanks have gained exceptional access to the heart of Boris Johnson’s government. By Felicity Lawrence, Rob Evans, David Pegg, Caelainn Barr and
The Guardian view on Labour and Tories: radical economics now the norm | Editorial

The Guardian view on Labour and Tories: radical economics now the norm | Editorial

Whoever wins the election is likely to make sure that their heretical gamble will be vindicatedIs this election turning out to be a Lutheran moment for the Church of Economics? If one listens to the
IFS to Tories and Labour: a plague on both your houses

IFS to Tories and Labour: a plague on both your houses

Two main parties’ plans ‘not credible’ but Lib Dem idea to put a penny on income tax is praisedThe much awaited judgment of the Institute for Fiscal Studies was brutal and even-handed: a plague on
IFS manifesto verdict: neither Tories nor Labour have credible spending plan

IFS manifesto verdict: neither Tories nor Labour have credible spending plan

Respected thinktank describes stark choice between Labour’s sweeping change and Tories pledging nothing newLatest election news – live updatesThe Institute for Fiscal Studies has attacked the spending
IFS manifesto verdict: neither Tories nor Labour have credible spending plan

IFS manifesto verdict: neither Tories nor Labour have credible spending plan

Respected thinktank describes stark choice between Labour’s sweeping change and Tories pledging nothing newLatest election news – live updatesAnalysis: a plague on both your housesThe Institute for
The Guardian view on the Labour manifesto: bold pledges for anxious times | Editorial

The Guardian view on the Labour manifesto: bold pledges for anxious times | Editorial

Jeremy Corbyn has three weeks to win the argument with his strikingly radical tax and spending pledgesLabour’s 2019 general election manifesto, launched on Thursday by Jeremy Corbyn, is its most
Want firms to behave better? Then beef-up contracts, says IPPR

Want firms to behave better? Then beef-up contracts, says IPPR

How the state procures its £300bn a year worth of spending is key to making companies work for wider society, says IPPRThe government should use the leverage from the near £300bn a year it spends on
Leading  thinktank calls for targeted public sector pay increases

Leading thinktank calls for targeted public sector pay increases

IFS says rises needs in order to compete with private sector after decade of wage restraint Targeted increases in public sector pay are needed to enable the NHS, schools, the armed forces, the police,
Watchdog attacks Tory and Labour minimum wage proposals

Watchdog attacks Tory and Labour minimum wage proposals

Institute for Fiscal Studies launches scathing review of plans to cut in-work povertyLatest election news – live updatesLabour’s plans to increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour for all workers on
Top 1% of earners in UK account for more than a third of income tax

Top 1% of earners in UK account for more than a third of income tax

Tax revenues ever more reliant on small group of high earners, says Institute for Fiscal StudiesThe top 1% of earners in the UK now account for more than a third of income tax paid to the government,
Top 1% of earners in UK account for more than a third of income tax

Top 1% of earners in UK account for more than a third of income tax

Tax revenues ever more reliant on small group of high earners, says Institute for Fiscal StudiesThe top 1% of earners in the UK now account for more than a third of income tax paid to the government,
IFS: UK's richest people exploiting loophole to cut tax rate

IFS: UK's richest people exploiting loophole to cut tax rate

Wealthy professionals use companies and partnerships for lower capital gains tax More than 9,000 of the richest people in the UK collected more than £1m each in capital gains last year, exploiting a
Boris Johnson's Brexit deal 'would cost UK economy £70bn'

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal 'would cost UK economy £70bn'

Plan would shave up to 4% from size of economy by the end of 2020s, says thinktankBoris Johnson’s Brexit deal is expected to cost the UK economy as much as £70bn over the next decade compared with
Taxing wealth at lower rate than income is wrong, says thinktank

Taxing wealth at lower rate than income is wrong, says thinktank

People who get income from assets or property pay less tax than those who rely on workThe government could gain £90bn in extra revenue over five years if it taxed income from wealth in the same way it
Has the age of austerity really come to an end?

Has the age of austerity really come to an end?

Sajid Javid’s pledge to ‘bring about a decade of renewal’ comes under scrutinySajid Javid said on Wednesday that the government could afford to “turn the page on austerity” as he set out Whitehall
IFS: government needs extra £5bn to fund spending promises

IFS: government needs extra £5bn to fund spending promises

Thinktank says Wednesday’s spending review will amount to boost of £9bn, with £4.5bn already accounted forThe Treasury will need to find an extra £5bn from next year to fund the government’s spending
BBC makes a move that should be followed by every media outlet: Tell the truth about 'think tanks'

BBC makes a move that should be followed by every media outlet: Tell the truth about 'think tanks'

How many representatives from so-called “think tanks” appear regularly on newscasts? It’s very, very difficult to tell. Because think tank representatives from groups like the American Enterprise
More holidays and better pay would boost productivity, says thinktank

More holidays and better pay would boost productivity, says thinktank

New Economics Foundation says putting money in workers’ pockets will raise productivityGiving workers more public holidays and raising their wages could boost the strength of the British economy,